Fix for low/soft Ringtones and Alerts Volume
I noticed that my Bold 9650 does not play the alerts as loud as my Tour 9630 did so i started messing around with it myself trying to find a solution. Tried the Sprint OS and tried the Verizon release but it was still lower than the Tour i had. I found a fix for it and it may work for other devices too but it requires going into the "Engineering Screen". You will need your own code to get into it. I would suggest you Google "Blackberry Engineering Screen" to get the info you need. Here are the instructions once you have access to the Engineering Screen:
1st - Go into "OS Engineering Screens"
2nd - Go into "Mediaplayer (Audio+Video)
3rd - Go into "Modify HPF_SPK Filter"
4th - Set all "Hz Gain in DB" entries to 1. You can try higher settings but Alerts may become distorted. I find setting all to 1 works best for my device.
5th - Hit Menu and Select Update Settings
Thats it. You dont have to reboot for it to take effect. I included the screen shots if you need to see how it looks. This method does work on my 9650
Last edited by OSx86; 06-28-10 at 02:41 PM.
- 06-28-10, 02:50 PM #2
Nice find... but will wait to hear some others success stories before messing.. Had to spend a minute to find a code generator also.. never heard of such a thing.
- 06-28-10, 04:01 PM #5
Last edited by loki993; 06-28-10 at 04:27 PM.
- 06-28-10, 04:01 PM #6
Im curious to see how the default settings on a tour compare to the default settings on a bold. Does anyone with a tour wanna look and see how the screenshot of the defaults above from the OPs bold compare?
I'd like to do this but I'm wondering if the settings on the tour are actually higher than the bold.....
Edit: loki993 beat me to it!
Yea I never looked when I had the Tour because it was loud enough for me. I don't have it anymore to check what the values were. I did post a screen shot of what my Bold looked like before I changed it to all ones
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- 06-28-10, 04:37 PM #9
Increasing the profile from -12 to +1 is a huge jump. I'd be hesitant to go above 'zero'. The 60Hz and the 170Hz are the 'ultra low' frequencies. Those are the frequencies that will definitely cause distortion, if not speaker damage. I'd probably set all the others at zero and leave the first two alone.
- 06-28-10, 05:57 PM #12
Did it and it works increased volume enough for me. Turned my profile back to normal and can hear ringtones with both windows open on the road.
- 06-28-10, 06:08 PM #14
Just did it! The default settings are both the same for the Tour and Bold. I only increased each value by 6 points. Prior to the adjustment, my Bold needed to be set 2 clicks higher than the Tour for equal volume. Now, with the new settings, the Bold is just a smidgen louder than the Tour.
Great find! Thanks!
- 06-28-10, 06:31 PM #16
- 06-28-10, 06:53 PM #17
Yeah, I was hesitant at first until I considered my stereo equalizer. I set the values to -6, -6, 0, 3, 6, 6, 0, and 0 respectively. That's 6 points across the board. The only thing I've noticed is that on volume 10, there's a slight bit of distortion on certain ringtones. I figure if I can't hear the phone at the point at which a ringtone begins to distort, I don't need to be talking on the phone anyway. I simply set my 'loud' volume to 9 instead of 10.
- 06-28-10, 07:13 PM #18
- 06-28-10, 08:43 PM #22
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- 06-28-10, 09:00 PM #23
The settings that I finally settled on, are for all intent and purposes the same as the Tour. Maybe I could afford to back-down my 60Hz and 170Hz 2-3 clicks - that would probably eliminate the slight distortion I experience on 10.
Anyway, you have minimally 1 day of key duration. That's plenty of time to experiment and play around.
- 06-28-10, 09:18 PM #24